Re: Francona's book
posted at 9/6/2013 9:58 AM EDT
In response to S5's comment:
In response to DirtyWaterLover's comment:
The entire pitching staff was blown out by September. They were great until Buch went down. They were able to hold it together for a month, but doing so blew out the BP.
had they gone out and gotten a pitcher of Peavy's caliber when Buch went down in 2011, I think the season would have ended much differently. Had they not gotten Peavy this year, chances are the team would be out of it. Getting Peavy not only shored up the rotation, it sent a message to the team that the front office was going to do everything they could to help them win.
Whoa. Let's maintain a shred of reality here, ok? This team has a 6 1/2 game lead. Peavy is 3-1 in seven appearances with 4 ND's and a 3.55 ERA.
Don't get me wrong. I very much like what he's doing but at the same time the guy(s) he replaced were doing ok too. IMO they may be as many as two games better off now with him than they would have been without him.
To say that this team would be "out of it" without him is more than a bit of a stretch.
Yeah, that might have been a bit of an overstatement, but don't overlook the dominoe effect. He's gone deep into game, which has helped keep the bullpen fresh.
Workman was pitching well in that spot, but would have he kept it up? If so, great. If not, the pen might have been strained in his start, which could have led to carry over in other games.
The Sox likely would still be in 1st place w/o Peavy, but he certainly helped give the pitching staff quality depth, which the Sox didn't have in 2011.